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Kevin McCarthy ousted as speaker

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Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On the 30th of September, house speaker Kevin McCarthy was voted out as leader of the house in a bipartisan decision by both Democrats and Republicans. 

This was the first time in American history that a speaker was voted out of position by the house.

The decision to remove McCarthy came about after the disagreement between both parties of whether or not we should proceed with a government shutdown.

United States representative Matt Gaetz was the main proposer that wanted to remove McCarthy and led the coalition in the wake of the decision.

Matt Gaetz wanted McCarthy removed because He felt that he did not live up to his promises to conservatives like stopping the flow of military aid to Ukraine or having to rely on democrats to prevent a government shutdown.

Social Studies teacher, Mr. Gillin offered his opinion: ‘’I think all this attention stems from the fact that our leaders in congress can’t work together and get things done. Both sides of the aisle go at each other in a negative way just for the benefit of power and not the benefit of the people.’’

When congressional members voted, the votes were ruled as 335-91,335 in favor of keeping the government open and 91 members voting in favor of a shutdown.

The aftermath of the ruling was met with criticism and ridicule at McCarthy because members of his own party accused him of giving in to Democrats. 

An anonymous staff member added, ‘’I think the house needs to vote for a new speaker and vote now. Congress isn’t working together the right way to compromise things that need to get passed.”

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Nano Castillo
Nano Castillo, Reporter
Hello, my name is Nano Castillo. I am 17 years old. I am a senior at EHS and this my first time in a journalistic type class in school. I have never had a real interest in writing, but I enjoy the creativity with writing. My hobbies are golfing and researching historical events.